The latest look at the public option comes from the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan economic analysts for lawmakers.
It found that the scaled back government plan in the House bill wouldn’t overtake private health insurance. To the contrary, it might help the insurers a little.
The budget office estimated that about 6 million people would sign up for the public option in 2019, when the House bill is fully phased in. That represents about 2 percent of a total of 282 million Americans under age 65.
This represents a resounding success for health insurance lobbyists. Universal Health Care is not going to happen in our lifetime. Health care will still be extremely expensive for the working class. And insurance company’s bottom line will go up, guaranteed, for the next few decades.
Any reforms won’t be fully phased in for ten full years. At the current rate our current system is killing people, nearly a half of a million Americans will die because of corporate health care before the reforms fully kick in.
If this is the best a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress plus the Presidency can come up with, why the hell did we vote for them?